The Women’s Action Forum has condemned the “abusive and filthy” remarks made by Member of the Punjab Assembly Sheikh Allauddin about women members of the house on June 20 and demanded action against him.
“Sheikh Allaudin, who is himself a ‘floor crosser’, has a history of using derogatory language against women including vulgar and filthy gestures,” said a press release issued by WAF Convener Humaira Mumtaz Shaikh.
“It is a matter of deep concern that instead of condemning his behaviour, ruling party MPAs and their allies gave him full support as manifested through the physical assault and harassment of women MPAs on the following day. This behaviour has shamed the nation and bodes ill for the future as it denigrates women and encourages violence against them.”
The WAF urged the chief minister to act against the MPAs to demonstrate his commitment to women’s protection and rights.
“When elected women members of the Punjab Assembly are not safe from verbal and physical assault inside the house, what hope is there for the ordinary woman? This behaviour has shamed all Pakistani men both nationally and internationally,” said the press release.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2012.
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